Summer in North Texas can be hot but the entertainment venues are cool! DART is your air-conditioned ride to some of the premier destinations this area has to offer.

The WaterTower Theatre an easy stroll from the Addison Transit Center offers a diverse mix of inspirational performances in a state-of-the-art facility. Close to Downtown Garland Station the Plaza Theater is an elegant 350-seat venue that has shown inexpensive family-friendly films since 1941.  The Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas near Mockingbird Station is a cool spot to watch live locally-produced theatrical performances.

DART also is your ride to a diverse array of palate-tempting food. Italian Café is a short walk from the Las Colinas Urban Center Station. This family-friendly restaurant famous for its homemade sandwiches pasta and seafood recipes is located near picturesque Lake Carolyn. In Oak Cliff Emporium Pies serves fresh and delicious hand-crafted desserts out of a quaint 1930s Victorian bungalow. Take DART Bus Route 722 (DLink) or 021 to Bishop at Davis.

Want a workout? Check out Summit indoor rock climbing gym near Downtown Carrollton Station. The facility has programs for all ages and ability levels. You also could take a river kayaking trip or guided hike at the Trinity River Audubon Center in Dallas. Take the Green Line to Buckner Station then Bus Route 466 to Great Trinity at Longacre.

For something more laid-back head to Klyde Warren Park in Downtown Dallas. It is a an outdoor oasis that offers an assortment of food trucks that line the east side of this urban greenery as well as a wealth of free programming from jazz on the green to storytelling time.

There are of course lots of other opportunities in North Texas to connect with nature. You could stroll through the 27-acre Farmers Branch Historical Park located along the Green Line at Farmers Branch Station.  From the Downtown Plano Station tour the Interurban Railway Museum and enjoy a picnic at Haggard Park.

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